In St Pete, we stayed in the Vinoy Hotel. It is an older hotel, but it was very cool. We ate at Gratzzi, and it was really good. I had some shrimp and scallops. Saturday night, we ate at the Columbia Restaurant. I had heard abou tit for a long time, but I hadn't ever eaten there. I had some steak, and it was really good. LOVED the Sangria. It was the best I have ever had. The resort was really nice, but it rained a LOT. We did go swimming, and I got to swim some laps. Also, the gym was amazing. It had lots of great cardio gear, and it had weights. Yeah!
From St. Pete, I drove to Orlando to the Gaylord Hotel.
I love the Gaylord Hotels. I was in a kind of funky room though, and it was not close to anything. I did absolutely LOVE that you just swipe your room key to get a drink. LOVE IT. No more searching for coins. :)
From Orlando, I drove to Tampa and flew to DETROIT and then to San Francisco. Yes, you read that correctly. I went to Detroit to go to San Fran. Love it. I did at least get upgraded on both legs. Thank you Delta! I was on the same plane as Krishan, and we met up in San Fran with Surj. We then wandered aimlessly through the airport and rental car garage before we FINALLY found the car. It was a station wagon. The grief for Krishan began. :)
We arrived in Monterey around 1:00 am. We went to Denny's, and Krishan had his very first pecan pie. He is hooked. :) The hotel was a Hilton Garden Inn, and you could tell it was a very old hotel that had been bought by Hilton. The hallways were very weird and you had to go our doors and through other doors after being outside to get to the rooms. I felt like i didn't need to go to the gym after making it to my room. It was a haul.
The gym was fantastic though. It had Lifestyle machines for cardio and for weights. I was impressed. :) I used them both mornings. What a good girl I am. :)
We had a great few days at the client, and we drove hte 17 mile drive after work on Wednesday. We also ate at the Sardine Factory. I actually tried a sardine. I am not sure I ever will again, but I did try one. The calamari was fantastic. I also had calamari steak with shrimp and scallops for diner. At first, it was kind of weird, but it grew on me. I enjoyed it a lot.
On Thursday, we drove to San Francisco after work. We all had early morning flights on Friday. We had a very, very difficult time finding our hotel which was the Hilton by the San Francisco Airport. We finally gave up and went to meet my brother Mike and Tracy for dinner. We met at Puccini & Pinetti. It was fantastic. Loved the bruchetta and the veal saltimbocca was so fantastic. YUMMMMMMM. We then went to a cool bar around the corner with Mike and Tracy. it was great to see them.
We again had a terrible time finding the hotel, and it ended up being after midnight before we FINALLY found it. 3 GPS systems and 4 phone calls later, we found it. UGH. We checked in, and when I got to my room, the door was ajar. Hmm...It was the middle of the night, and it kind of freaked me out. After calling the desk to come help (they thought I was locked out somehow - not sure HOW since I called FROM THE ROOM but anyway), they checked in the closet, under the bed, and in the shower with me. They verified that nobody else had the room in the computer, and then they left. The coke machine didn't take dollars (boy I sure did miss that Gaylord machine), so I had to go BACK downstairs to get change. The rooms did have a FANTASTIC flat screen TV, but I was too tired to watch it. We met at 6am to go to the airport. The fun never stops.
I was in a middle seat for the entire flight to Detroit. It actually didn't turn out to be too bad thankfully. I had two nice people who didn't take up the arm rests. Whew. Mona and Krishan took me to Big Boy to get lunch since I had over 3 hours until my flight. It was great to get out of the airport and to hang with them. I haven't seen Mona in a while. Big Boy didn't have pecan pie though. Those silly yankees. :)